Native american burial sites dating back 5 000
The move towards agriculture started in the Middle East.During the Palaeolithic Age humans grouped together in small bands.
Some researchers prefer to call these users early Homo erectus.
He had found them in prehistoric lake deposits along with the bones of extinct animals and concluded that they were made by people "who had not the use of metals" and that they belonged to a "very ancient period indeed, even beyond the present world".
His ideas were ignored by his contemporaries however, who held a pre-Darwinian view of human evolution.
Later forms of early humans also used Acheulean techniques and are described below.
There is considerable time overlap in early prehistoric stone-working industries.